GVX Audio: How might Butch Jones react to weekend arrests of Tennessee players ?

Woodbery says punishments are likely to fit the crimes

Several Tennessee football players were cited on Feb. 9, 2014, at the Quarry Trail apartments on Edington Road.

Photo by Evan Woodbery

Several Tennessee football players were cited on Feb. 9, 2014, at the Quarry Trail apartments on Edington Road.

There will be punishment for the Tennessee players arrested early Sunday morning after authorities broke up a large off-campus party, but coach Butch Jones is unlikely to go overboard.

That's the opinion of News Sentinel UT football beat reporter Evan Woodbery, who joined the News Sentinel Sports page radio show on Tuesday morning.

"Obviously there were some players and non-players who used poor judgement. I also tend to think there were a lot of players and non-players who were in the wrong place at the wrong time when the party got busted," Woodbery said.

Woodbery thinks it unlikely that every player will get a uniform punishment.

"I think he's going to handle it on a case-by-case basis," Woodbery said. "If the players were handling the situation respectfully with police and just in the wrong place at the wrong time, I don't think he's going to go overboard with punishment."

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Comments » 2

RoadTrip writes:

I have no problem with the legal system handling this the same way it would be if it was a non-athlete. However it goes with regular folks is how it should go with the players. After that, however Butch handles it as a violation of team rules is fine as long as he consistently applies it. No favoritism. We saw enough of that stuff with Dools, Kiffin, and Fulmer.

frieswiththat writes:

There were several cited for contributing as well. They did not have to go downtown and get a mug shot but it is a serious breach of the law.

From what all I have read, some of the players pushed the limits with the police officers patience. What made them think they could behave like that? They must feel pretty sure the consequences of any such action will be light, otherwise, they would not have done it.

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